Workers Needed

DATE POSTED Sunday, 2023-01-29
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Chronicles 16:39; 41;
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)

BIBLE TEXT: 39 Meanwhile, David stationed Zadok the priest and his fellow priests at the Tabernacle of the Lord at the place of worship in Gibeon, where they continued to minister before the Lord. 
41 David also appointed Heman, Jeduthun, and the others chosen by name to give thanks to the Lord, for “his faithful love endures forever.” 

APPLICATION: To give you a little insight into what I saw as I read this Scripture, imagine a new pastor beginning at your church, and in his first meeting with the leadership, he requests a fairly large number of workers to see that the ministry he feels led of God to carry out, is effective. He envisions lots of young families to attend, so there will be a need for adequate childcare; children’s ministry; married couple’s ministry; mom’s day out ministry; then there’s discipleship offered by older men to young men, and the same for the women; ministry to the elderly and shut-ins; prayer and evangelism workers who will work with church attendees who respond to the Gospel message; at least a 12-hour presence in the sanctuary ever day of the week to pray with folk that may walk in; outreach to the lost in the community; visitation and prayer with the hospitalized; and more – as God directs. What do you suppose this leadership team will do with this pastor? Or do you suppose this will acknowledge his vision and do everything they could for this pastor and his vision? I bet you may never have thought of all these ministries taking place in your church, especially since you only tend to attend the Sunday morning service! I find it interesting to stop and consider the needs of a church when I attend. Last Sunday, my wife and I attended Sunday School. It occurred 1 hour before the regular morning worship service. I was well aware that visitors were not expected. There was no one to greet us, even though we saw several attending to the various doors when it was about for the Worship Service to begin. There were no signs pointing visitors to a class, and some members that we asked wasn’t even sure where they should send us. I did something similar another time, when I attended the Wednesday night prayer and bible study of a different church. I wasn’t sure which door to enter, and once inside, I could not figure out where the adults were meeting. No one thought to welcome me, nor ask why I was there. Finally, after some questioning, one lady spoke up and offered to take me to the mixed group that she was attending. Now, in spite of all said, I was so impressed with the teaching that night that I made that my new church home. But what if your church wanted to introduce one or more ministries, and they wanted each ministry to have the same, or similar, workers as available on Sunday morning throughout their sanctuary? I believe each of you will agree that we shouldn’t expect anything less, right? After all, each time we meet we expect God to move. And because of this, we want the unsaved to attend. And we don’t want a recurrence of what I experienced at the midweek service or at Sunday School. Now we might be tempted to say that David had a lot more folk available to him to man the Tabernacle, but I really think that we should look inward and see what we could do to fill the gaps, instead of looking for ways to complain of the inadequacies and gaps at our church. There’s a saying that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. I like that, but I also feel like it takes all of us to do our part in making our church a welcoming place, and one that truly does what it’s mission should be all about – disciplining (teaching and growing) the saved; evangelizing (a call to salvation in Jesus Christ) the unsaved attendees; and outreach to members of our community. I believe that God would say that it takes the church ‘village’ to accomplish this mission, not just the Pastor or his elders and/or deacons. Also, consider stragglers walking along our streets who suddenly feel the need to meet with Jesus, or a call on their life for salvation. Will they find help at your church? Almost all of our churches are barred up, due to crime, while members sit at home watching television or joining in on the community gossip channel! How will they find Jesus if we neglect doing our part to teach and show them the Jesus that lives inside of us?

BLESSING(S) NOTED: God’s faithful love endures forever!

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for blessing me with a good church home, awesome fellow believers and teachers, and a heart that wants to learn more and more about you and Your Kingdom. I’m still far from perfect, so I really need Your touch on my life and a renewed desire to do everything I can for the good of Your Kingdom. Please speak to my readers and listeners, and help us all to stop assigning visitation, evangelism, outreach, welcoming and everything else to our Pastor. I believe Your Word is clear that the ‘church’ must be the ‘church’ – Your arm of ministry to touch the hearts of the lost in our community. People we know, love, and come across every day, need the Lord – the same Lord that we boast of having inside of us. Teach us Lord to willingly share Your love and ministry with others who also need You. David showed us that for ministry to take place, he had to assign various aspects of it to his people. Help us Lord to share the various aspects of ministry today with all who would join hands with us in sharing Your love with others. Have Your will and way in Your church, and in the lives of all who call You Savior and Lord. The lost needs what we have, please teach us to be generous in sharing and giving Your love to them. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Tell Everyone What God Has Done For You

DATE POSTED Sunday, 2023-01-22
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 8:37-39
TRANSLATION: New International Version (NIV)

BIBLE TEXT: 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

APPLICATION: Conversations with a friend at work, or the hairdresser, or a new friend sitting next to you in a stadium, are all varied and open discussion about almost any subject. Telling everyone about a predicted storm coming your way, or about a recent robbery, or the argument between your neighbors – they all seem easy to talk about in mixed and unknown company. However, we tend to crawl back into our corner rather, than tell anyone about the awesome touch of God on our lives during last week’s church service. We are often ready and willing to share the gory details about an upcoming surgery but wouldn’t dare tell anyone about how our surgery was cancelled because ‘Doctor’ Jesus responded to our cry for healing. Why do you suppose this happens? Why do you permit it to happen? Is it not obvious that two of the most evangelistic sermons every preached were: 1). When this healed man went and told his whole township about what Jesus had done in his life? and 2). When the woman at the well left the encounter with Jesus and went on to share her experience with her whole town? If you rushed into town and saved everyone from disaster by telling them about a storm you just saw approaching the town, you would probably be interviewed by many television stations as they lauded you as a hero to the town. Yet there is a storm of unknown capacity on its way, the one that involves the end of life here on earth, and the transition of every soul to eternity. Many will face the doom of eternity in Hell, because they have not considered and accepted Jesus as Lord of their life. Would you rather stand idly by and watch them walk into eternity with Satan and his demons, or would you choose to share with them the Good News of Jesus Christ who saved you from your sin? In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus gives us the same orders that He gave to the woman at the well, and to the healed demon-possessed man – Go and tell the town what Jesus has done for you. Are you willing to stand firm today and declare that nothing will stop you from following in the footsteps of the two individuals mentioned in this devotional? If not, why not? If you must say no, because you have nothing to share, may I introduce you to the man who saved the woman and man we spoke of in this devotional today? I don’t believe that God called us to memorize Scripture, although that is extremely helpful; Nor to preach the Gospel, as God gave that gift to certain ones, and you may not be one of them. But I am convinced that God wants you to tell your story. How, when, and under what circumstances did you meet Jesus? What has He done for you in response to your prayers, through His Word, and in various circumstances of life? Just share it my friend! Remember, you can’t save anyone, but do as God instructed and enthusiastically watch as God saves them!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: I don’t believe the man and woman I spoke of in my application needed any encouragement or support to tell their joyous story. God has healed our brokenness and sin, and He gave us new life in and through the name of Jesus! Of course we have a story to tell that can change the hearts of the unsaved! Go now into all the world and share your story with the lost and unsaved.

PRAYER: Yes Lord, we do have a story to tell. You were merciful, You accepted my plea for salvation and You set my feet on a new road to heaven where I will spend eternity with You and the Father. Please immerse Yourself within me so that I might have the boldness and the power to tell my story, so that others may be encouraged and drawn to You. People still need the Lord. How dare we say that we are timid, or ashamed, or don’t have the words to say. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is all we need, so open our heart’s and continue to give us a voice to share the same love that You showed to us in saving our soul. Help me to sing it loud ‘Jesus is all the world to me‘ and ‘Down at the cross‘ – glory to Your name! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Who’s NOT Worthy Of Jesus?

DATE POSTED Tuesday, 2023-01-10
WRITTEN AT: O’Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Luke 7:36-39
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)

BIBLE TEXT: 36 … Simeon, a Jewish religious leader, asked Jesus to his home for dinner. Jesus accepted the invitation. When he went to Simeon’s home, he took his place at the table.
37 In the neighborhood there was an immoral woman of the streets, known to all to be a prostitute. When she heard that Jesus was at Simeon’s house, she took an exquisite flask made from alabaster, filled it with the most expensive perfume, went right into the home of the Jewish religious leader, and in front of all the guests, she knelt at the feet of Jesus. 38 Broken and weeping, she covered his feet with the tears that fell from her face. She kept crying and drying his feet with her long hair. Over and over, she kissed Jesus’ feet. Then, as an act of worship, she opened her flask and anointed his feet with her costly perfume.
39 When Simeon saw what was happening, he thought, “This man can’t be a true prophet. If he were really a prophet, he would know what kind of sinful woman is touching him.”

APPLICATION: While this is a very interesting story about a Jewish leader, a harlot, and about Jesus breaking the norm to eat at the home of a man who despised Him, yet there are some very challenging thoughts that might sober us in the way we think, especially when we think that it’s just our inner person involved. There are several places in the Bible where we are told that Jesus not only hears the words we speak, but He also knows our thoughts. Click on the Scripture reference above and you will be presented with the full chapter in Luke where today’s verses derived from. In the verses following my excerpt, you will be touched by the way Jesus dealt with the thoughts of Simeon mentioned in verse 39. Allow this to challenge you into the thoughts that come across your mind when a person walks down the isle of your church on a Sunday morning who: Is dressed differently to you and those around you; Just got out of prison; Is well known in the community for the shady work that they do; or is known from recent press reports to be of questionable character. Will you be the first one to walk alongside that individual to the altar where you could lead them to Christ? Will you be the one to warn the pastor about the risky character of this new church attendee? Will YOUR Jesus love, accept and save such a shady person, or will they have to clean up their act first? Also, in the verses that follow, you will find that Jesus was forced to tell Simeon about his shortcomings at this luncheon, and how this lady of questionable character filled all the gaps that he (Simeon) missed out on. Friends, the lesson that I believe God wants us to receive loud and clear, is that there is so much that we have to clean up in our own lives, how dare we overlook the plank in our own eye, to point out the splinter in another’s eye. Jesus is the only perfect One that walked this earth, and as long as we remain on earth, we will always be plagued by the sin that surrounds us every day. Let’s be diligent about seeking God’s forgiveness of the sin that impacts us each day, while we encourage others that we come into contact with, to do the same. As a beggar searching out the face of God for forgiveness, let us be diligent about sharing the blessings we receive with other beggars also looking for the same. God knows the condition of each heart, and He is capable of cleansing and forgiving the sin of the best man we know on earth, at the same time that Jesus hears the cry for forgiveness from a harlot or an axe murderer two doors down from us. Think of the mercies of God to a sinner like yourself, then it will be much easier to understand why He forgives and accepts the sinners we struggle to love and accept. Jesus died for us all – sinners unworthy of love and praise from anyone, yet they are precious in the eyes of Jesus who will forgive all sinners requesting mercy and forgiveness.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Jesus is no respecter of persons. Every man, woman and child living on earth is affected by the sin Satan brings to mankind. Therefore, a king and a harlot may be at the throne of grace at the same time seeking forgiveness. All are precious in His sight, for we are all His creation – His children! If all are accepted by Jesus, then we must learn to accept each other.

PRAYER: As a sinner saved by Your grace, oh Lord, please help me to be loving and accepting of others, especially those who are still seeking a Savior. Slaves may not even be accepted at their master’s table, but because our Master and Lord created everyone – even slaves, we all are welcomed at His throne, if we have humbled ourselves and invited Jesus to be Lord of our lives. Thank You Lord Jesus for accepting even us, sinners undeserving of a kingly crown. May the King of all kings forgive us of our sin and accept us as saints who will walk the streets of gold and dine with the Master Himself. Please impress upon us the importance of imitating You in everything we do, say and think. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight oh Lord, my Rock and my Salvation. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Work Out Your Salvation

DATE POSTED Tuesday, 2022-11-29
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Philippians 2:12-13
TRANSLATION: Amplified Bible (AMP)

BIBLE TEXT: 12 So then, my dear ones, just as you have always obeyed [my instructions with enthusiasm], not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ]. 13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.

APPLICATION: A ‘Work-Out’ today, almost constitutes negative connotations to many, for it means going to the gym, or hitting the streets, or your exercise equipment for a complete ‘work-out’ 3 or 4 times per week. Normally we hate it because those muscles that we don’t use by sitting in front of the television, they will burn, and hurt for, sometimes, days after our workout! Yet Paul chose to use those words as he gave instructions to new Christians – that they should work-out their salvation. It is extremely important to note that Paul in no way indicated that we are to work for our salvation, for salvation comes only through the wonderful grace of Jesus, who came, died, and rose again, so that we might be saved. But imagine having a gift and never unwrapping it or using it? That would not serve the intended purpose of someone giving it to you, nor you receiving it, nor having it sit on a shelf like it did in the stores. It’s like Paul wanted the Philippian church, and Christians today, to rejoice in having the gift of salvation by showing it off to the world, especially those who so badly need salvation. ‘Showing it off’ is not intended to implicate pride or boasting, but instead meaning that if you are called on to pray for your sick mother in hospital, you must never indicate that you can’t, or you have no idea why you are being called on. Instead, exercise your faith – ask for God to give you boldness and courage to walk into that hospital room and call on Him to give comfort and healing to your mother, just like He did for Lazarus, or the sick girl whose dad came pleading with Jesus to heal his daughter. You would be ‘working-out’ or using the faith that God blessed you with to call on Him at a time where only He could heal or restore encouragement and faith to your mother.
It is so easy for us to use the excuse that we just don’t have the faith or boldness to stand up and proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord over our lives. So in verse 13 Paul goes on to enlighten us as to how this is done. Real simple, it’s not through our strength, but the wonderful work of Jesus in our lives that empowers us to exercise the faith given to us at the time that we accepted Him as Lord. Particularly try to latch on to the very last words in our Scripture – Jesus is looking for us to glorify Him and lift up our praises to Him. He therefore gives us what we need to reflect our salvation, allow Him to work through us, and attribute any and all miracles to Him alone. Through this process, we will recognize the power of God and give Him praise and thanksgiving. The folk who are touched by God through exercising our faith, will also see evidence of God at work and desire to know Him intimately. To God be the glory for all He achieves among His people.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Of my own strength, I can merely show up as a lump on a log, but with Christ working in and through me, He can accomplish much! May I always facilitate the work of Christ every day through all circumstances.

PRAYER: Lord, I plead with You to work-out Your perfect will in and through my life today. I also pray that as each reader and listener commits themselves to You completely today, You will also show Your power through them. This old world is so bombarded by Satan and his evil works through mankind, that they need a fresh perspective in seeing us bless them as we incorporate them while working out our salvation. It’s so hard to fathom the idea of You using us in Your miraculous work here below, Lord. But Your Word is clear that while You can do all things independent of us, yet You chose to work through Your saints to minister to our struggling world. There’s so much to be done Lord, please encourage every Christian to ‘work out their salvation’ while they have the wisdom and strength to allow You to accomplish Your work, especially through us, Your precious saints. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Away With The Old, In With The New

DATE POSTED Tuesday, 2022-10-25
WRITTEN AT: Leesburg, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Ephesians 4:17; 20-24;
TRANSLATION: The Message (MSG)

BIBLE TEXT: 17 And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd.
20-24 But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.

APPLICATION: It is so easy to go along with the crowd, and to try and please those who seem to be popular and/or seem to know what they want in life. But I’m sure that you have run into the same realization as I have, in recognizing after a very short time, that many of those who seem popular and have their act together, has much to be be desired. Friends, when one gives their heart to the lordship of Jesus Christ, it mirrors a person going down a road of destruction without a firm grip on what they want in life, and as the moment of salvation comes when they accept Jesus. Suddenly, Jesus gives new life and miraculous meaning to our life, and we make a complete 180 degree turn to follow Him. You see, Paul is helping us to understand that unless we make that 180-degree turn, we will show Jesus that we want to find and experience Him among the crowd of crazy friends that have misled us all along. Jesus said, follow me and I will show you life eternal in a place that is ‘out of this world’. A place that is unlike any experience here on earth, no matter how much we may have spent to experience it. For the one who is stuck in a rut and following the ways of the same old crowd, or what appears to be the popular crowd, and have not discovered the ultimate Leader yet, let me assure you that it was no accident or mistake that you happened across this devotional today, for God doesn’t operate by mistake or happenchance, He specializes in divine appointments with His children at just the right time, with just the right words, for He cares so much for you that He sacrificed His very own, precious Son, so that you can find the means of forgiveness through Him. There is only one way to heaven my friend, it has nothing to do with the friends you keep, the money you have, or the places you visit, even though they all sound very appealing to a child of this world. Jesus is the answer to all of your questions, dilemmas, bad friends, and appalling practices that you have developed from the family and friends you have hung out with over the years. Make that turn today dear friend. Leave the ‘old’ way of life behind you, and follow the life of Jesus today, for it leads to eternal peace and security in the arms of Jesus and eternity in heaven with He and the Father. No worries about leaving the fun and the good times behind, the best is yet to come! Imagine, you will then be leading those who follow you, on the right path that will impact their lives for all eternity!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Regardless of the challenges we experience in life today, there are better times ahead! Awesome times of peace with the Father and in experiencing His love intimately and personally, as we will be bowing at His feet and experiencing His love and adoration for His children!

PRAYER: Why me Lord, what have I ever done, to deserve God’s own Son? For I was walking down a bad road just like I described above, before You miraculously accepted my plea for forgiveness, and You gave me strength to turn around and instead follow a path that leads to eternal life in heaven with You. Lord, I pray that this will be a day that goes down on the list of most memorable for many today as You tug on their heart’s door and convince them of their sin and their need for a Savior. Please use this devotional as a tool to encourage the most stubborn person and draw men and women unto Yourself today, for this is my humble plea and greatest desire. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

About God’s Undeserved Favor

DATE POSTED Monday, 2022-10-03
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Ephesians 2:4-9
TRANSLATION: GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

BIBLE TEXT: But God is rich in mercy because of his great love for us. We were dead because of our failures, but he made us alive together with Christ. (It is God’s kindness that saved you.) God has brought us back to life together with Christ Jesus and has given us a position in heaven with him. He did this through Christ Jesus out of his generosity to us in order to show his extremely rich kindness in the world to come. God saved you through faith as an act of kindness. You had nothing to do with it. Being saved is a gift from God. It’s not the result of anything you’ve done, so no one can brag about it.

APPLICATION: Please allow me to open your eyes of reasoning today. Think about the reason God made us. The Bible is clear that we were made in the image of God – perfect in every way and designed to live lives patterned after the example of Jesus Christ. However, we were privileged to have been given our own free will to decide if we will follow the commands of God and the example of Jesus Christ. Because of the tug that Satan has on residents of planet earth, he makes it a very tough decision for humans, because he wants the privilege of eternal torture in hell for as many as he could sway. But get this, dear friend, God not only showed us how to overcome Satan’s sway and avoid sin – disobedience to the commands of God, but He sent us His Son, Jesus, to be our Savior, or rescuer from sin, to all who ask for forgiveness and show a renewed desire to go to heaven. This was a gift that we didn’t deserve, but in His love for His creation, God provided this solitary, simple but sacrificial channel of forgiveness for those who ask for it. Isn’t that pretty much the type of grace that God shows to us every day? He is all-powerful and all-seeing, so He knows when we choose to ignore His goodness, His provisions and His perfect design for us. However, He still has such an undying, unbelievable love for us, that He puts His all into helping us remain pure and righteous, just as He is. Paul was challenged when he found the Ephesian church so far away from the design God had in mind for them. But today we have not learned from what Jesus taught us in His Word, nor from the experiences relayed in in His Word. We still insist on doing things ‘our way’, without any regard for what God dictated in His Word for our guidance. Do we have room to question God when we encounter disaster after disaster and see every appearance of being forgotten by a holy and righteous God? Friends let’s always remember that unless we invite Jesus to be our Savior and Lord, we have turned our heads away from His commands and His love for us. When we do this, we are saying ‘no thanks’ to the goodness of God and choosing to ‘wing it’ on our own, and at the pleasure of the Evil One. If you remember nothing else from my devotional today, please remember that God still wants you to know that He cares for you and will accept your request for salvation, if you are given the opportunity while alive. I had a 19-year-old friend found dead in her bed over the weekend, so that ‘IF‘ is bolded for your very special and urgent attention. Don’t delay precious friend, ask Jesus to come into your heart today, before it is eternally too late.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: I am forever thankful for the words ‘But God’, for it reassures me that God will do everything possible to move me beyond the sin of this world and the disappointments that arise every day because of sin.

PRAYER: Thank You heavenly Father for going the extra mile so that I could be saved from the ravishes of sin. Thank You for providing and sacrificing Your very own Son to settle the debt for my stubborn and sinful life. I pray that my readers and listeners will open their hearts and lives to accepting Your offer of salvation and forgiveness of their sin. Stir the hearts of the unsaved today, Lord. May they happen across this devotional and understand its intent as foretold by Paul to the church at Ephesus. Soften their hearts to accept Your call on their lives, for I’m sure that You are saddened by their rejection every day that goes by. May this be the day of salvation for many, I pray. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

My Help When Fear & Troubles Come

DATE WRITTEN: Saturday, 2022-09-03
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

Bible Reference: Psalm 62:1-2
Translation: The Living Bible (TLB)

Bible Text: 1 I stand silently before the Lord, waiting for him to rescue me. For salvation comes from him alone. Yes, he alone is my Rock, my rescuer, defense and fortress. Why then should I be tense with fear when troubles come?

APPLICATION: Based on our personal experiences with God, I wonder what words we might use to describe our God. Let’s look deeper at the adjectives used by David as he tried to describe his awesome God. Perhaps we could decide whether we have witnessed any of these same characteristics of God in our lives, and the value we attribute to those qualities:
~ Our salvation: Can you thank God for the salvation you found through the precious gift of Jesus – your Savior and your Redeemer? There is no other way into heaven than through the shed blood of Jesus, my friend. How often do you thank Him for that precious gift, and brag on it before others, as David did in these verses?
~ Our Rock: Solid; impenetrable; immovable; dependable; will not give in or crumble under extreme weight or pressure – these are some of the words that can be used to describe a rock. David described God as his ‘Rock’ because he had seen many of these characteristics and strengths in his relationship with God.
~ Our Rescuer: This makes me think of times that one has been in deep trouble and have been noticeably rescued from that trouble because of prayers asked of God to pull you to safety. Having a personal relationship with the God of this universe, means that He can and will rescue you even when it may seem hopeless in your own eyes. Remember, He’s the one who walked on water; He’s the one who parted the Red Sea for His people to walk safely through; and he’s the one who performed miracle after miracle in Biblical accounts and in the lives of those we know and love today. Yes, dear friend, He could certainly rescue you from your situation today if you place your faith and trust in Him!
~ Our Defender: I tend to think of someone who will defend against those intending to harm their loved ones. Our primary worry here on earth is Satan, for his intentions are simply to kill, steal and destroy us, while leading us away from God. In knowing Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can agree with David on this, that because we serve the supreme God of this universe, He will defend us from the evil one, especially when we pray as He taught us: ‘lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil’. Ask Jesus to do this, child of God. Then be ready to brag on Him as your Defender, just like David did!
~ Our Fortress: In the Bahamas, and here in Florida, there are forts that were built to help our ancestors defend against invaders. The walls are several feet thick in some places, and were built to keep our soldiers safe from an incoming cannon ball. So, when the enemy was approaching, they all went to their ‘fortress’ for safety and protection. I believe that’s about how David felt, and I believe that’s about how we should feel. In our case, the enemy is waiting to attack every time we turn around, so being safely inside our ‘fortress’ means that we know the Head of Heaven’s Army and He knows us! He will reassure us of the safety and security of His loving arms. I trust that today you are very confident in knowing that you can run to the security of your ‘Fortress’, safe in the arms of our Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ! A stranger knocking on the door of the fortress in the height of battle will not be allowed in, for they personally chose to reject that security. Let that not be your case friend. Look full into the eyes of Jesus today and accept His offer to be your Lord and Savior – your Fortress in every circumstance of life.
Can you add to this list of attributes, friends? Would you remove any of the attributes mentioned by David, because you have not experienced them in your relationship with God, yet?

PRAYER: Thank You Father for sending us Your Son to be our Salvation; our Rock; our Rescuer; our Defender; and our Fortress! Lord, I pray that today many will come to the foot of the cross and accept You as Lord and Savior, for all the reasons already mentioned in this devotional. I am proud to know that You accepted my plea for forgiveness and acceptance into Your kingdom, and I thank You from the bottom of my heart for being all of these things mentioned, and much, much more. Lord, I look forward to being with You in glory some sweet day, but while allowed to remain here on earth, I ask that You continue to watch over me and lead me to help another beggar looking for bread – the Bread of Life! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading or listening to this devotional, please go to the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

What or Who Are You Trusting In

DATE POSTED Saturday, 2022-07-16
WRITTEN AT: O Brien, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: Mark 10:17; 24-25;
TRANSLATION: The Living Bible (TLB)

BIBLE TEXT: 17 As he was starting out on a trip, a man came running to him and knelt down and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get to heaven?”
24 This amazed them. So Jesus said it again: “Dear children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches to enter the Kingdom of God. 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God.”

APPLICATION: It’s interesting to notice how certain things, and certain lifestyles might be considered acceptable by us and how we may even see open doors for acceptance into heaven. For us, it may not necessarily be riches that we may have placed our faith in, although many consider that as an open door for gaining access to any person. But we may feel like our position in church, or our giving to the church, may gain us access into heaven, as God may seek to reward us for our good works and giving spirit. It could be that our willingness to accept everyone at face value and not judge them for actions that are opposed to our personal beliefs and values in life; or our commitment to avoid cursing; drinking; or doing drugs; that may force us to feel safe and accepted by God. But friends, if it was as easy to enter heaven’s portals as our earthly minds would lead us to think, why do you suppose God saw the need to send His only Son into the world and contend with all the evil and sinful acts that we are well aware of? Why would God have seen the necessity to sorrowfully permit His Son to be beaten, abused, cursed, and hung on a cross, for the redemption of our sin? Are you naïve enough to believe that God went through all of the above to simply offer a suggestion to men who couldn’t find their own way into heaven? The rich young ruler probably had everything he needed to get into every place on earth; mix with everyone, no matter what their position was on earth; associate with the richest of men or the poorest and most unfortunate on earth; but his eyes were opened to the fact that there was nothing in his arsenal of assets that would get him into heaven or live eternally with the King of all kings. Jesus’ instruction to the young man is something that applies to everyone in search of eternity in heaven, or the endless joy and happiness of being in the presence of the Creator for ever and ever: “redirect your trust”. You obviously know that monetary; nor youthfulness; nor earthly leadership; nor even obeying the commandments will get you into heaven. There is only one way, and it is spelled out by Jesus in John 3:16 – ‘Whoever believes in Jesus – will be saved and receive eternal life’. Notice that ‘Whoever’ clears it all up on who qualifies to believe in Jesus: Rich or poor; Young or old; world leader or slave; church leader or new member; living in a palace or a hut; Baptists of Methodists. Friends, I believe you will see from the aforementioned that because God made us all, He also accepts all who will place their trust in Him. No respecter of persons. If you are ready and willing to accept Jesus as Lord today, let me encourage you to view my Footnote and dive in to the Biblical references available when you click ‘To Know Jesus’. Speak with a Bible teaching pastor, or believer today and allow them to lead you, walk with you and encourage you on this new walk of life!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: Those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved from their sin, and look forward to eternity in Heaven!

PRAYER: Thank You Lord Jesus for making salvation available to ALL, and thank You for guiding the rich, young, ruler from our Bible story today into a walk that led to Eternity in heaven. Lord, I pray that this devotional and Bible lesson will catch the attention of many who are yet to be saved. Please soften their hearts and show them Jesus, the One who died and rose again for the salvation of their sin. Convince them of their need for Jesus and give them the strength and boldness to make this important step in their life today. Be glorified because of sinners being saved through Your grace and because of Your sacrifice. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Follow My Example

DATE POSTED Wednesday, 2022-06-01
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

SCRIPTURE FROM: 1 Corinthians 10:31-32; 11:1
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT: 31 So if you eat, or if you drink, or if you do anything, do it for the glory of God. 32 Never do anything that might make other people do wrong…..
11 Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ.

APPLICATION: The more prevalent phrases we hear today is ‘Don’t follow me, for I’m also lost’ or ‘Follow Christ, for He is the only perfect One’ or ‘I’m a sinner saved by grace, just like you. So don’t follow me, but God’ But what if we brought up our kids like that? Wouldn’t they soon learn that they could do whatever they want, as long as they say the right thing? This would also be the case with pastors and church leaders, if they stood in our pulpits each weekend and told us what the Word of God says, but include the disclosure that we obey the sermon, not follow after what they do when not occupying the pulpit. Friends, Jesus said that He would only say what His Father told Him to say, and He would only do what God told Him to do. In becoming a ‘Christian’, believers are expected to follow Jesus’ example and look to God for all things, including what we say and do. But how do we do that, shall we stop and ask before we speak or before every action? That would be a great idea, but God has also made a few provisions for us, in order to help us follow in His example: For the child of God, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us as our Guide, our Wisdom, our Protector and as a constant reminder that the Love is our God; through prayer – where God hears the cries of our heart, if only we will stop and talk to Him about our challenges and our need for help; and God inspired writers to pen His words so that we might know His will for our lives, and He gave us the invitation to read His Word so that the Holy Spirit might point us to all truth, wisdom and direction for our existence and for every thing that we do or say. If we are unfaithful in these things, I can assure you that the world is seeing more itself acted out through us. For this to be a better world, and to enable others to see Christ here on earth, it is incumbent upon us to be the hands a feet of Jesus. I feel strongly that before we hold up our Christian flag to tell others to whom we belong, then we need to insure that we hold no other hold on this world. We must be sold out to Jesus in order to show the world who He is and what He is capable of achieving through His earthly servants. This may be a work in progress until Jesus returns, but please be careful to not let Jesus down by showing the world only a partial and incomplete picture of who He truly is and what He stands for. Perhaps we should consider telling our unsaved friends, come follow me as I endeavor to follow Jesus every day, God being my helper. I encourage you to look closely at the proof of whose I am, and in seeing the evidence, trust in Him, just as I have done. Ask God to help you never mislead anyone, but that you are depending heavily on Him to show the world Jesus.

BLESSING(S) NOTED: I believe that if we stake our hope in Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, and we depend on Him to guide us in the path that points to Him, through obedience we will be instrumental in pointing others towards the cross, and we could therefore comfortably invite others to follow us, as we follow Christ!

PRAYER: I wonder what our purpose on earth is, dear Lord, unless we are firm in our faith and can comfortably show others the way to eternal life. Please keep us focused on the cross, and on all that You have done for us so that our sins would be forgiven and our destination secured. Please teach us to share our faith, and may our actions and words speak so strongly that our words will be few. It is only what done for Jesus that will last and will matter. May our lives be worth the living because others saw the light of Jesus in us. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Don’t Be A Stumbling Block

SCRIPTURE  FROM:   Romans 11:25-26; 33-34 (TLB)

TEXT: 25 I want you to know about this truth from God, dear brothers, so that you will not feel proud and start bragging. Yes, it is true that some of the Jews have set themselves against the Gospel now, but this will last only until all of you Gentiles have come to Christ—those of you who will. 26 And then all Israel will be saved…..

33 Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his wisdom and knowledge and riches! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods! 34 For who among us can know the mind of the Lord? ……

APPLICATION:   As I meditated on the Word of God, I was reminded, in awe, of His great wisdom, and His awesome power to fulfill His Godly purpose. This particular Scripture reminded me of a sad story, but one that brought awesome results. Many years ago, my cousin, a young man about 35 years old, was electrocuted and fell to his death from a roadside electric pole. The mourning of that mother, my aunt, could be heard over most of the small town. However, before the sun set the following day, my dad (brother to the grieving mother) had surrendered his heart to Jesus! He then became a Godly influence to his five children until the day he died. What happened in this Scripture today, also reminds me an awful lot of our churches today, for it almost seems like the movement of Christ has been slowed down and possibly even dwindled some, and I wonder if it is not God dealing more intensely in the hearts of so many that are totally lost. This may not make total sense to everyone, but I wonder if God is not saying to our churches: ‘put away selfish desires, prejudices and pride. Remember, your wisdom is nothing compared to the wisdom of our awesome God. For people to gain wisdom from and in you will teach them very little however, to know Christ will gain them all eternity’. The Bible reminds us that God’s ways and thoughts are way beyond our own, so that tells me that I can’t possibly understand all that He’s up to. However, I know from the Word that God made us all to worship and adore Him, so shouldn’t our every effort be in seeking ways to know Him better, accept Him more fully and worship Him in total surrender to self and this wicked world? It just seems like we are currently facing the same dilemma that Jesus spoke of in our Scripture verses today. For we hate to look at the evening news because of all the crime, violence and acts of hatred that fills our news portals, while churches are closing their doors in record numbers because of non-attendance, lack of giving and leadership. We hear excuses such as COVID, or the effects of war, but friends, we must remember that Jesus is coming back soon to collect His church. Can you even fathom how few will be taken up to glory with Him, compared to the huge population of earth? To the church, I would say with great urgency that people need the Lord. The Gentile population has grown, and unless we who are Christian, stand firm in our faith, lift up the banner of God so that the lost may recognize God in His greatness and accept Him as Lord, then there will be a massive divide on the day that Christ returns to take His bride away with Him. It would hurt my heart to think that God may have to push Christians aside, so that the unsaved may find Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, I have family and friends that I believe will be left behind if they remain unchanged. Assuming that many of you are in a similar position, I would encourage you to join me in praying to the God of this universe for a great movement upon our land. Oh that Jesus may rule and reign in our personal lives, our families, our churches, our communities and in our nations around the world, so that the people will know and believe in the sacrificial lamb of God – Jesus Christ. May the God of this universe become known as Everlasting King of this universe!

PRAYER:   Lord You are good and Your mercies endureth forever! In our Scripture today, we are reminded that although You created us to worship You, many refuse to do so. You created us in Your likeness hoping that we would live in similar fashion to Your example while here on earth, yet there are many who mock and scorn You and Your children, much like what occurred in times past. The warning signs of Your return are evident Lord, and we thank You for promising us that You will return for Your children! Heavenly Father, please soften the hearts of Your children, so that Your churches may be filled to capacity with worshipers longing to draw close to their Creator, our Everlasting God, and may this impact the unsaved like never before. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are are not already connected in a local Bible teaching church, let me encourage you to find one so that you may grow in the love and stature of the King of all kings. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!